WARNING: Graphic photos
CHINA: Looks like Uighur Muslim terrorists have struck again – at least 28 dead and 113 injured after gang of knife-wielding men attack a train station
While there is not yet confirmation that the terrorists were Muslims, several similar attacks in the past few years have been carried out by Uighur Muslims.
UK Daily Mail At least 28 people have been killed and 113 injured after a group of knife-wielding men hacked their way through innocent people at one of China’s busiest railway stations. If confirmed the death toll would make the attack one of the deadliest in recent Chinese history.
Distressing photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor at Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province.
Authorities described the incident at about 9pm local time (1pm GMT) as an ‘organized, premeditated, violent terrorist attack.’ Police shot dead five of the unidentified attackers and were searching for around five others, according to state media.
Several suspects were contained by police and the station and surrounding roads were cordoned off.
Medics were still treating people and taking them to hospital hours after the attack, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, which provided the number of people killed and injured.
Xinhua said a group of men was involved but did not provide more details and the attackers were not identified. Kunming city police did not have immediate information to release.
Resident Yang Haifei told Xinhua he was buying a ticket in the station when he saw a group of people rush into the station, many of them dressed in black, and start attacking people.
‘I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,’ he told the news agency, adding some people ‘just fell on the ground’.
Another crying victim outside the station told the news agency: ‘I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered.’
Local TV station K6 said several of the attackers were shot by police and that victims were being transported to local hospitals.
The men were wearing uniforms when they stormed the railway station and gunshots were heard after police responded, another state news organization said.
Domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu, one of China’s top politicians, was reportedly travelling tonight to the scene in downtown Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan province which has more than six million citizens.
The station is one of the largest in south west China and opened in 1958, with up to 75,000 passengers a day passing through it.
Many posts describing the attack on the Chinese Twitter-like micro-blogging site Weibo, where photos of the carnage were first posted, were reportedly deleted by government
Reuters reported the quickest posts to be scrubbed were those that described the attackers, two of whom were identified by some as women.
China has seen a number of mass stabbings and other attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against society.
In June last year at least 27 people were killed after gangs armed with knives attacked a police station and a local government building in a remote region of western China.
Mobs in the Xinjiang region, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, were said to have set upon buildings in the township of Lukqun at around 6am, stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.
The attack comes at a particularly sensitive time as China gears up for the annual meeting of parliament, which opens in Beijing on Wednesday and is normally accompanied by a tightening of security across the country.
China has blamed similar incidents on Islamist extremists operating in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, though such attacks have generally been limited to Xinjiang itself.
China says its first major suicide attack, in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October, involved militants from Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people.
There is unrest among many Uighurs at restrictions laid down by the Chinese authorities on their culture and religion.
No matter the country, wherever they go, death and devastation follow. My sympathy goes out to those affected by this terrible attack.
Meanwhile, they’re pouring through our borders and some are even dining in our White House.
I wonder how different the outcome would have been if people in China were allowed to have guns.